Israel / Middle East

Israel - a bridge between Africa, Asia and Europe! Walking in the country between the three continents.

Hikers if you travel to the Holy Land, you travel to the roots of your own history. To the origins of faith for some, to the beginnings of Western culture for the other .

The Sea of ​​Galilee, the garden of Gethsemane, Capernaum, Acre, Jerusalem and the Via Dolorosa - sounding names which evoke the past. Even after 2,000 years, these scenes of history as vivid as before, because they are part of the presence of Israel. Discover this mosaic of history, culture, nature and modern life. Israel is full of contrasts and tensions, a small, old country, in which the three major world religions Christianity, Judaism and Islam have their roots.

Travel to the major hiking events all over the world with us and experience the people and their culture. Hike through amazing landscapes and see spectacular sights.



Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Tel Aviv

Arrive Tel Aviv Airport. Transfer to the hotel, overnight.


Day 2 - Jerusalem

Pick up at the hotel and drive to Jerusalem while your tour guide tells you about the city's turbulent religious past. Visit the Mount of Olives overlooking the Old City and walk past the Jewish Cemetery, Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations in the Kidron Valley before entering Old Zion Gate through the Zion Gate.

Cross the Armenian Quarter to the Jewish Quarter, past the Byzantine Cardo, and stop at the Western Wall (Wailing Wall). Follow the footsteps of Jesus along Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is said to be on the site where the crucifixion took place.

Around noon, take a break for lunch (at your own expense) and later leave the Old Jerusalem through the Jaffa Gate to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum. Follow the stories of the millions of Jews who died during the Second World War, through poignant portrayals, and then return to Tel Aviv.


Day 3 - Massada / Dead Sea

The day tour begins with the descent into the Judean Desert, a barren wilderness in the heart of the Holy Land. On the way you will visit the Samaritan Inn before taking the cable car to the Masada summit. The remoteness and the difficult path to the cliffs make this a perfect fortress, and here King Herod built two fortified palaces over 2,000 years ago.

After exploring the archaeological ruins of Masada, we continue to the Dead Sea, past the Ein Gedi Oasis and the ancient settlement of Qumran. Here you will have the opportunity to see the many caves where around 900 parchments of religious significance were discovered - the infamous Dead Sea scrolls.

The Dead Sea is the next stop. Here you have about two hours to relax at the mineral level and enjoy the surreal experience of floating in the salty water, 400 meters below sea level! Do not miss the chance to take a mud bath in the world's richest source of natural salts.


Day 4 - Nazareth

You will travel from Tel Aviv to Nazareth, where you will visit popular places of the Holy Land, including the Annunciation Basilica (where the Virgin Mary saw the angel Gabriel) and the Church of St. Joseph.

Continue north through the small village of Kafer Kana. On your day trip through the sacred land, visit the Bread and Fish Reproduction Church on the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus performed the wonders of bread and fish, giving food to 5,000 people.

Stop by the shores of Lake Galilee to explore the old fishing village of Capernaum and discover the ruins of the celebrated Great Synagogue, where Jesus spoke to his disciples for the first time.

Finally, drive through the coastal city of Tiberias and arrive in Jardenit - a sacred place at the southern end of Lake Galilee, where the Jordan flows into the Dead Sea. Many Christian visitors to the region feel a deep connection to the Jordan.


Day 5 - Gilboa

Transfer, day at leisure, overnight.


Day 6 & 7 - International Gilboa 2 Day Walk

Individual participation at the IML -Event.


Day 8 - להתראות - Good bye!

Bus / train transfer to the airport, return flight, individual journey home.


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AchievementsDetails

Included in the tour price:

  • 3x b & b at the Hotel Ibis Jerusalem or similar
  • 4x b & b at the Hotel Olive Gilboa or similar
  • Airport assistance on arrival and departure
  • Transfer with eng./ ger. speaking driver from Ben Gurion Airport to Hotel & from area Gilboa to Ben Gurion Airport
  • German speaking driver(is guide) on 3 days according to program
  • Sightseeing program according to the program
  • Entries according to the program
  • Sicherungsschein
  • PTA Tours travel documents with information

Not included in the price:

  • intern & nat. Flights
  • Transfers during the IML events and other transfers
  • Other lunches, drinks, personal expenses,
  • IML entry fees - other IVV / IML stamps
  • Cancellation insurance, other insurance

Single supplement: on request


 

TRAVEL CONDITIONS:

Travel Price:

  • € xxx, - p.P. in ½ double/b
  • Single supplement: on request
  • Special conditions for groups from 12 pers

Payment Terms:

Deposit: 20% of the travel price p.P. when booking, plus any insurance fees. Airline tickets are fully payable on booking.

The balance is due at least 28 days before departure.

Subject to availability on the day of booking, currency fluctuations, hotel, flight and program changes.

Subject to errors and misprints.

The terms and conditions of the organizer P.T.A. TOURS GmbH, to see under → AGB's, on request also by Mail, and the involved transport companies / airlines, which we gladly send you on request.


SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:

On site, there may be changes in the program flow.

P.T.A. TOURS GmbH is not the organizer of the IML events. Changes in the program are the responsibility of the organizer IML. Travel expenses can not be refunded, even proportionally, in case of changes or cancellations.


VACCINATIONS:

For Israel, no vaccinations are required.

Particularities:
When entering from yellow fever areas a yellow fever vaccination is necessary.

Vaccination recommendations:
The following vaccinations are recommended when entering Israel:
- Vaccinations according to the current vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute
- Hepatitis A
- Hepatitis B, for long-term stays or special exposure
- Rabies, for long-term stays or special exposure
- Typhus, in Palestinian territories
- Meningococcal disease (ACWY), long-term or special exposure
- Meningococcal disease (B), for long-term stays, special exposure or under 25 years

Special features for pregnant women and children:
For children:
Please note that the following special health risks currently exist for children:
- Polio, vaccination possible

Important NOTE:
In Israel, it has come in several places to a water-related outbreak of leptospirosis. According to previous findings, the following waters and nature reserves in the north of the country are affected: Jilbon, Majrase, Meshushim, Yehudiya, Zakhi and Zavitan. Outdoor activities, such as swimming, boating or camping, pose a risk in endemic areas.


VISA / ENTRY PROVISIONS:

To Israel it is possible to enter with the passport, the temporary passport and the child passport. It is not possible to enter with the identity card and the temporary identity card.

Validity of travel documents:
The identity documents must be valid for at least 6 months after the trip.

Note:
If visas of Arab states or Iran are present in the passport, a security survey is to be expected upon arrival (exception: Jordan and Egypt). This also applies to stamps / visas of Malaysia, Indonesia or the Sudan.

Information for minors:
Every child needs its own identity document.
Minors under the age of 16 traveling alone or accompanied by a parent should bring consent from the parent / other parent.

Hints for double state:
Israeli nationals or permanent residents living in Israel until the age of 16 are generally required to serve in military service, even if they are of foreign nationality. Upon entry, a reference is made to the examination and the departure is only possible after the examination and possibly after completed military service.

Persons with Palestinian personal identification number (ID number):
Nationals with a Palestinian personal identification number are generally denied direct entry into Israel. Entry into the West Bank is possible via the Allenby Bridge (Jordan). There special customs regulations apply.
For spouses of persons with a Palestinian ID number, the ID must have the status "married", otherwise entry can be denied.

Travel Warning:
Tensions between the border areas make it advisable not to be in the immediate border area with Syria, especially east of Route 98, and Lebanon.

We will inform you about the valid regulations and also refer to the valid entry / transit regulations of the respective destination / transit country. Please also note the travel advice of your respective Foreign Office / Embassy. The German Foreign Office informs you about entry and vaccination regulations (only citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany) www.auswaertiges-amt.de or WHO www.who.int/en/. We are happy to inform you about our services regarding visa / immigration formalities.


PRICING: October 2018


MINIMUM NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS:

 2 persons

If the minimum number of participants is not reached, P.T.A. TOURS GmbH cancel the trip up to 28 days before departure. Payments made will be refunded immediately.


KNOWLEDGE / REQUIREMENTS:

Participation in hiking tours / hiking programs:
Participation in hiking trips / programs requires a certain fitness and health. Well-prepared, you can easily cope with your physical demands. So you can enjoy your trip to the fullest. We recommend a preparation training that meets the requirements of your planned trip. We are happy to provide you with information and support you in your preparations. To clarify your performance, we recommend that you have a medical check carried out at the latest before you begin your journey.


CANCELLATION FROM THE TRIP BY THE CUSTOMER:

The customer can withdraw from the trip at any time prior to departure.

The cancellation fees are:

  • until the 91st day before departure in the amount of the deposit
  • from the 90th to 31st day before departure 40%
  • from 30th to 21st day before departure 60%
  • from the 20th day to the 15th day before departure 80%
  • from 14th day to 1st day before departure 90%
  • 100% on the day of departure

of the travel price. - Fees per person -

For flight tickets issued to the travel customer, the separate cancellation / rebooking conditions of the booked airline of the respective air carrier apply additionally.


INSURANCE:

We recommend the conclusion of a travel insurance package.

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